Blaming the opponent for violating the conditions of a five-year suspended prison sentence for embezzlement, Russian prison services say he will be arrested if he returns to Russia, as he has announced, Jan. 17.
The Russian Prison Service (FSIN) said on January 14 that it intends to arrest the opponent Alexei Navalny if he returns to Russia as he plans to do this weekend, accusing him of having violated the conditions of ‘a suspended prison sentence targeting him.
“The Russian Federal Prison Service is obliged to take all necessary measures to arrest the offender Alexeï Navalny, pending a court decision to replace his suspended sentence with a sentence [de prison] firm, ”the FSIN said in a statement.
The FSIN criticizes Alexei Navalny for not appearing before the Russian penitentiary services twice a month, as required by the conditions of a five-year suspended prison sentence to which he was sentenced in 2015.
Alexei Navalny was indeed sentenced to a suspended sentence in 2017, in a case related to the embezzlement of 16.5 million rubles from the Kirovles company. He did not plead guilty, saying the criminal proceedings were aimed at hampering his political engagement.
If the FSIN admits “to take into account” the fact that Alexeï Navalny was for three weeks in a coma in a Berlin hospital, it ensures that the opponent did not respond to a summons on October 23 and did ” notified that a month later “to the Russian authorities that he was in Germany,” where, according to him, he is in recovery “.
“Undergoing rehabilitation procedures is not a reason not to show up for check-in [à l’inspection pénitentiaire]”, Further estimated the FSIN, adding that the politician had” been placed on the list of wanted persons with the order to take measures to arrest him during the establishment of his whereabouts “.
At the end of December, the Russian Federal Service for the Execution of Sentences suspected him of having violated the parole rules, based on an article published on December 22 in the British magazine The Lancet, justifying for the Russian authorities the filing of a request with the court to replace the suspension by firm prison. “According to the article [de The Lancet], Alexeï Navalny was released from the clinic on September 20, 2020 and by October 12, all the sequelae of his illness had disappeared. Thus, the person sentenced to a suspended sentence does not fulfill the commitments assigned to him by the court and escapes the control of the criminal executive inspectorate, ”the Federal Prison Service had indicated.
Alexei Navalny was uneasy in August when he returned from an electoral tour in Siberia. Placed in a coma in Russia then transferred to Germany, he accuses the Russian security services (FSB) of having tried (in vain) to assassinate him on the direct order of President Vladimir Poutin. Several Western chancelleries, including Germany, claiming to rely on the results of three European laboratories, said he was the victim of poisoning in Novichok, a thesis also advocated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
For their part, the Russian doctors who took care of him before his transfer to Berlin ensure that the analyzes carried out on the patient showed no trace of poisoning. The Russian authorities have also repeatedly deplored what they believe to be a lack of cooperation from these countries in the investigation.
Alexei Navalny was released from hospital without sequelae in early September and has indicated that he plans to return to Russia on January 17.